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Comic-Con: ‘Walking Dead’ Season 7 Trailer Debuts

The zombie drama has also announced its return date, though Negan's victim remains a mystery (for now).
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The Walking Dead diehards, the wait is almost over.Months after the season six finale cliffhanger that left the identity of Negan’s victim a mystery, the zombie drama used its platform Friday at Comic-Con to release the first trailer for season seven, which will premiere later than usual on Oct. 23. Internationally, it will bow within 24 hours.

“Everyone’s going to be blown away,” EP Robert Kirkman said of the new season to open the panel, with showrunner Scott M. Gimple noting that the Kingdom will feature big in season seven, while Gale Anne Hurd teased the arrival of non-human characters. The comments point to Ezekiel and his pet tiger, Shiva, both of whom appear in the trailer, below. Plus casting for Ezekiel was also announced Friday.

While the trailer definitely sets the stage for season seven, it naturally does not reveal which of 11 series regulars lost their life to Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his barbed-wire covered baseball bat, Lucille.

Sources told THR that in a bid to protect the reveal, each of the 11 cast members left kneeling before Negan in the season six finale — Carl (Chandler Riggs), Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Eugene (Josh McDermitt), Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), Daryl (Norman Reedus), Arron (Ross Marquand), Rosita (Christian Serratos), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn (Steven Yeun) — each filmed a death scene with producers and the episode director working with the show’s editors to ultimately pick the character who does indeed die.

Season seven of The Walking Dead will pick up immediately with Negan’s deadly swing, and as Morgan said, “You’ll see who was at the end of that bat and what happened from there.” Series creator and EP Robert Kirkman has said that Negan’s victim is “beloved to everyone.” For those who haven’t read the comics on which the series is based [spoilers ahead], the landmark 100th issue sees Negan beat Glenn to death with Lucille.

Watch the trailer, below.

Comic-Con: Watch the Trailer for FX’s ‘X-Men’ Drama ‘Legion’

Dan Stevens and Aubry Plaza star in 'Fargo' creator Noah Hawley's new superhero series.
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The erstwhile Matthew Crawley is a long way away from Downton Abbey.

FX threw its hat into the superhero ring Saturday at Comic-Con when the network unveiled the first footage of its forthcoming X-Men drama series Legion. The footage was shown at Comic-Con during a Marvel panel with chief creative officer Joe Quesada and was well received.

Legion marks the latest Marvel TV series and first on basic cable. It joins ABC’s Agents of SHIELD and Netflix’s Luke Cage, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, The Defenders and Punisher.

Dan Stevens, best known for his starring role during the first three seasons of Downton Abbey, returns to television screens in Legion, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Stevens plays David Haller, a man who is diagnosed with schizophrenia and learns that the visions and voices in his head might be more real than he once realized.

The Marvel character, created by legendary X-Men writer Chris Claremont and artist Bill Sienkiewicz, stands out as an improbable figure to build an entire show around. But the creative mind behind Legion knows a thing or two about improbable shows: Noah Hawley, head writer and producer behind FX’s award-winning Fargo, mashing Coen Brothers’ true-crime elements with some of the auteur filmmakers’ more mystical interests. See: alien space-crafts hovering over the American midwest in the middle of a gunfight.

Expect that extraterrestrial event to only skim the surface of Hawley’s whacked-out wheelhouse, based on the footage released Friday.

In addition to Stevens, Legion features an all-star cast, including Fargo veterans Rachel Keller and Jean Smart, as well as Parks & Recreation favorite Aubrey Plaza.

Watch the trailer, below.

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